A panoramic photograph of British World Battle Two army automobiles deep inside a shipwreck sees German photographer Tobias Friedrich named as Underwater Photographer of the 12 months 2018.
Friedrich’s photograph, taken off the coast of Ras Mohammed in Egypt, triumphed over 5,00zero underwater footage entered by photographers from internationally.
‘Cycle Battle’ was taken in Egypt and reveals Norton 16H motorbikes loaded within the SS Thistlegorm, with soldierfish education above.
“I’ve had this picture in thoughts for a number of years, however it’s not possible to seize in a single photograph, as a result of there’s not house contained in the wreck to photograph this scene in a single body,” explains Friedrich. “My answer was take a collection of images and sew them collectively as a panorama.”
Chair of the judges, Peter Rowlands, added: “It is a fairly extraordinary shot which should be considered as massive as attainable. The inventive talent is in visualising such a picture, and the photographic expertise is in reaching it.”
Grant Thomas gained the title of British Underwater Photographer of the 12 months. His picture of swans, titled ‘Love Birds’, was taken in Scotland’s Loch Lomond.
Ready within the waters of the lake, Thomas’s endurance paid off. “The swans had been looking for meals. I simply needed to await that good second of synchronicity.”
The competitors had 11 classes, testing photographers with themes comparable to Macro, Vast Angle, Behaviour and Wreck Images, in addition to three classes for photographs taken in British waters.